Monday, April 11, 2005

Slots strike out!

The state senate has killed a bill that would have brought slot machines to New Hampshire's race tracks, transforming them from tracks to casinos.

The senate is to be commended. This was a bad idea from the start.

The last thing NH needs is casino-style gambling. It's a nasty business. Communities that have legalized slot machines have seen dramatic increases in personal bankruptcies, divorces, business failures and crime. Any potential incease in state revenue is more than offset by the social costs.

And corruption? Let's just say that when the gambling industry moved into New Orleans a decade ago, the corruption was so rampant that it shocked even the usually unflappable New Orleanians. Enough said.